Annoying Facts About Partial-Birth

by Jan Folger
Legislative affairs director, Ohio Right to Life

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A partial-birth abortion involves delivering a living, late-term baby, feet first, except for the head, and then puncturing the skull with scissors and suctioning out the brain. If the child were to be pulled out 3 more inches and then stabbed in the skull with scissors, the person responsible would be charged with homicide. But this child is only four-fifths of the way born, so it's called an abortion: a parial-birth abortion.

If you did this "procedure" to a dog in Ohio, you'd be jailed for cruelty. So how can President Clinton support it? How can even the most hardened pro-abortion groups lobby for it? With a campaign of misinformation, of course.

First, the National Abortion Federation claimed the procedure didn't exist. Oops. The federation must have forgotten that this was featured at its own convention in 1992 by an Ohio abortionist who presented a written report. Once the child is delivered to the neck he said, "the surgeon then forces the scissors into the base of the skull. Having safely entered the skull, he spreads the scissors to enlarge the opening. The surgeon ... introduces a suction catheter into this hole and evacuates the skull contents."

Darned NAF report.

Then the NAF, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, and Planned Parenthood claimed that such procedures were "so rare, they are almost never done."

Oops. The Ohio abortionist himself admitted to performing more than 1,000 of them in this state alone. And then The Record of Hackensack N.J., reported that a single clinic in that state performed 1,500 partial-birth abortions in one year alone -- three times as many as the NAF had said occur annually nationwide.

Then the infamous Ohio abortionist said, "They're done for medical necessity." He must have forgotten about his interview with the American Medical News in July 1993, in which he said, "80 percent are purely elective."

He denied saying it, insisting he'd been misquoted -- until the American Medical News informed him that the interview had been taped. Darned tape recorders.

What of those who keep screaming about "partial-birth abortions to save the life of the mother"? That exception is already in the bill, and they know it.

What about the "health of the mother" argument? Health, as the courts define it in the context of abortion, means virtually anything that has to do with a woman's overall "well-being". This includes such reasons as a woman's being "too young", "emotionally upset by pregnancy" or "unmarried." More than 300 doctors, including former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, have joined to state the medical fact that "partial-birth abortion is never medically necessary to protect the health of a woman or her future fertility." The pro-abortion gang even tried to claim that the child was killed by the anesthesia, until the American Society of Anesthesiologists called them on that one, too. Darned experts.

Finally, the defenders of partial-birth abortion tried to discredit Brenda Pratt Shafer, a nurse who assisted with the procedure and told Congress what she witnessed. They said Shafer never worked for the Ohio abortionist -- until she delivered the canceled check and pay stub. Oops. (See a trend?)

If people are so extreme as to lobby for a procedure that most closely resembles infanticide -- a procedure appropriately referred to as a crime against humanity -- what makes us think they are not going to lie?

Shafer testified to law makers: "The baby's body was moving -- his little fingers clasping together. He was kicking his feet. The doctor took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby's head, and the baby's arms jerked out in a flinch, a startled reaction, as a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. Then the doctor opened the scissors up ... and sucked the baby's brains out. I am still haunted by the face of that little boy. It was the most perfect, angelic face I have ever seen."

As Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill) put it on the House floor, "People who say, 'I feel your pain,' can't be referring to that little infant."

Posted 5 Sep 2000.

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